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Admiral of the Third Reich, by Keith Bird, U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2006. Hardcover, $34.95, 282 pages.
Reviewed by
Steve Mercatante
on Aug 19 2011 - 4:48pm
Reviewed by Steven Douglas Mercatante [1] Keith Bird's Erich Raeder: Admiral of the Third Reich breaks new ground in exploring one of the pivotal personalities involved in the war at sea during World War II. Remarkably, in the sixty plus years since the War ended no one has produced a complete biographical treatment of German Grand Admiral Erich Raeder. Bird's work fills this gaping hole in the historical narrative and focuses on not just Raeder, but more importantly his stewardship of the...
Review Type: Book
The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, by Adam Tooze, Penguin, 2008. Softcover, $20.00, 848 pages.
Reviewed by
Steve Mercatante
on Aug 19 2011 - 4:43pm
Reviewed by Steven Douglas Mercatante [1] Adam Tooze's The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy is an extraordinary piece of scholarship and for years to come will no doubt be regarded as essential reading for anyone seeking a greater understanding into Germany's Second World War economy. Tooze's work comprehensively breaks down the how and why of Hitler's quest to establish a German empire in Europe and the role economics played in German defeat. Remarkably, Tooze...
Review Type: Book
From Normandy to Lorraine, by Roman Johann Jarymowycz, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001. Hardcover, $59.95, 362 pages
Reviewed by
Steve Mercatante
on Aug 19 2011 - 4:38pm
Reviewed by Steven Douglas Mercatante [1] Just when you thought there was little more to be gleaned from the thoroughly documented armored battles in France between June and September 1944 Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine (Stackpole Military History Series) emerged in 2001 to thoroughly and thought provokingly redefine what is known about these pivotal events in World War Two. In Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine (Stackpole Military History Series) Austrian born Roman Johann...
Review Type: Book
The German Campaigns of 1942, by Robert M. Citino, Kansas: The University Press of Kansas, 2007. Hardcover, $34.95, 431 pages.
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Steve Mercatante
on Aug 19 2011 - 4:34pm
Reviewed by Steven Douglas Mercatante [1] For anyone interested in the German method of warfare, or for those that just enjoy a good operational history, Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 (Modern War Studies) ranks among the best of today's scholarship. Conventional wisdom has long posited Hitler played the crucial role in turning Germany's stupendous victories during the spring and summer of 1942, in the Soviet Union and North African Desert, into catastrophic defeat in the...
Review Type: Book
The Janus Head, A Portrait, by Marcel Stein, England: Helion & Company Ltd., 2007. Hardcover, $59.95, 464 pages
Reviewed by
Steve Mercatante
on Aug 19 2011 - 4:26pm
Reviewed by Steven Douglas Mercatante [1] Few would argue with the assertion Erich von Manstein ranked among the best operational level military commanders of the Second World War, if not the best. Nevertheless, because of Manstein's decisions during and after the War, he also ranks among the War's most controversial figures. In spite of Manstein's central role in the War however, there has been no official biography written about him. In Field Marshal von Manstein: The Janus Head / A Portrait...
Review Type: Book

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